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ILWU Local 502 presents, The Docker Podcast! Labor related news and discussions. ***ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT ANY OFFICIAL OPINION OF THE ILWU, ANY AFFILIATED LOCALS, OR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS. ALL UNION BRANDING IS USED WITH PERMISSION***
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Mar 17, 2016

First we catch up with our old friend Jason Miners , Deputy State Secretary of the MUA Queensland branch. Next up is Joe McDonald, and MUA seafarer and we talk abut his involvement in the Sydney Branch Activist Committee. Then we wrap it up with Nick Pedler and retuning guest Matt Burnell.

Mar 11, 2016

Dan gets a few minutes with Danny Cain, Phil Swanston, and George Gakis from WA branch Youth movement. 

Mar 9, 2016

We talked with Jamie Newlyn of the MUA about the early days of the MUA youth moment, then Dean Summers joins us to talk about his work with the ITF and swimming the English Channel.

Mar 2, 2016

Karen Wheatland aka Kaz and Sue Virago, two key parts of the MUA's women movement sit down and talk about the great strides women have taken in maritime industries, as well as the work that we all still have to do.

Mar 1, 2016

First few conversations from the Maritime Union of Australia's Quadrennial conference . We talk about Indian seafarers with Abdualgani Serang of the National Union of Indian Seafarers, then Torban Seebold tells us about the work the ITF is doing in Myanmar. We finish off with Thomas Mayor of the MUA discussing the similarities between Australian aboriginal people and Canada's first nations.

Feb 12, 2016

At ILWU Local 502 we celebrate family day with a Johnny Canuck memorial BBQ. We have a good chat with Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin form Local 23 in Tacoma. They give us a update on how the young workers movement is starting to take shape down there. Then we have a couple quick conversations with Mark Vellios and John Collins JR.  They share some old Johnny Canuck stories and JR tells us the origin story of our Family day BBQ.

Feb 4, 2016

Mike goes solo at the "Touque Tuesday" ball hockey tournament, a event put on by Raising The Roof. Local community groups, unions, and charitable organizations collected a mountain of items to help the homeless.

Jan 30, 2016

ITF inspector and ILWU Local 400 member Peter Lahay returns. We speak about labour issues home and away and Peter tells us all about his recent adventures, keeping up the good fight for seafarers around the world.

Jan 22, 2016

ILWU pensioners Joe Breaks, Jerry White and Ron Noullett join us on the one year anniversary of The Docker Podcast. They are here to discuss a book out later this year. "Longshoring on the Fraser - History and Stories of Local 502."

Nov 19, 2015

Professor Mark Leier a labour historian at Simon Fraser University joins us on the 100 year anniversary of the execution of labour legend Joe Hill. He schools us on the IWW and even brought along his banjo.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of ILWU brother Michael Birmingham.

Nov 7, 2015

IBU Convention Part 3, the MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray, Sydney Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Garret, and MUA Delegate Scott Hare from Sydney Ferries, all sit with us. We talk about everything from the youth movement, the top, union mergers and get a bit of a update on the Hutchison dispute.

Nov 6, 2015

Part 2 from the IBU convention, we had a long talk with Andrew Hedden form the Harry Bridges Center for labour studies at the University of Washington,  and Conor Casey the Labour Archivist and Director of the the Labour Archives of Washington. We find out how a labour leader from San Fran ends up having a building named after him, and a statue of him, on a campus full of corporate money in Washington state.

Nov 6, 2015

IBU Convention Part 1, this is a mash up of all the short conversations we had over our two days in Seattle. We learned a lot about the structure, scope, and history of the IBU as well as some of the struggles the IBU shares with other maritime unions around the world.
1-Adam Petty, IBU Executive and Zac villanueva from the IBU in southern California
2-Mike Vera IBU Southern california, captain with Foss Maritime
3-Berit Eriksson, workforce development director for the sailors union of the pacific
4-Terry Engler ILWU Local 400
5-Monte Beard JR, captain for Catalina Express, and Adam Dalton, IBU organizer
6-Richard Gurtiza IBU region 37 cannery workers
7-Meagan Nye IBU Alaska, Ryan Brazeau IBU Puget Sound
8-Peter Hart, Rolland Lee, Terri Mast IBU Secretary Tresurer, Kerry Crocker

Oct 30, 2015

Brother Aaron Ekman, BCFED Secretary Treasurer joins us for a election wrap up episode. We chew through some international labour news, and Aaron ends things with a great song choice.

Oct 15, 2015

The Mikes were both gone, so Dan called in two returning guests to fill some seats.  Dan, Sunny, and Rob sat down with Vancouver-Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies and talked about a bunch of stuff including his campaign, Bill C51, TPP, and the NDP plan for real change.

Sep 29, 2015

Day 3 started with some 502 youth delegates, John Collins Jr, Chad Goodrich and Aaron Higo. Then we were honoured to have BCFED President Irene Lanzinger. From Local 13 in LongBeach we had Armondo Porras and Jose Lomeli. The MUA sent two delegates for us to speak with, Codey Buekers and Rachael Carter. We finished it all off with ILWU Canada 2nd VP Steve Nasby.

Sep 28, 2015

Day 2 for us started with a conversation with Rene-John Nicolas from Victory Square law office, about appropriate use of social media and some of its benefits and pitfalls. We then spoke with Brian Campbell from the BCFED occupational health and safety centre. Next up was Brother Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 in Tacoma. We finished the day with Allison Tremblay, also from Victory Square, and spoke about issues around port security.

Sep 27, 2015

ILWU pensioners Tom Dufesne, Mike Morino, and Barry Campbell join us right after their presentation on the history of the ILWU in Canada. We were then joined by actor Ian Ruskin, who performed a one man play on the life of Harry Bridges.

Sep 26, 2015

Peter Lahay joins us to have a quick chat about the Liverpool dockers dispute 20 years ago.

Sep 10, 2015

Friend of the show Mich-Elle Myers of the MUA calls in and gives us a update live from the Hutchison picket line.

Sep 3, 2015

ILWU 502 President Tim Farrell and Brother Adam Noullett join us to discuss what we all took away from the last ILWU convention last June in Hawaii. We also talk about the grain workers affiliating with the ILWU Canada, Qatar Airways and couple other current events.

Aug 30, 2015

John Catanho, form ILWU local 10, is a benifefits specialist. He talks to us about the differance between our Canadian and their U.S. health care, and how tricky it is to navigate their complicated system.

Aug 29, 2015

Jeff Engles from the ITF was so exited about a resoluton that past, that he had to tell someone, we just happen to be there with microphones.

Aug 28, 2015

ILWU Local 142 Buisness Agent Tyrone Tahara schools us on the the ILWU's history in Hawaii.

Aug 20, 2015

Dan was lucky enough to get a few minutes of ILWU International VP Ray Familathe's time to discuss his start in the ILWU.

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